You are probably the best person you know and at times it may feel like the worst person you know.  If that’s the case for you, welcome to the human race.  Unfortunately, humans tend to look at themselves in a more negative than positive manner most of the time.  If you’ve read my tidbits over the years, you already know that “Desiderata” is my all time favorite poem.  There’s a line in there that I like a lot.  It goes something like this…”If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”

There is a lot of truth in that timeless and simple sentence.  We are way too hard on ourselves.  Even those of us who really like ourselves have a hard time when we face life’s reality mirror.  Unfortunately that mirror is often filled with skewed reflections of other people.  We often accept other’s judgments that are deranged by their own view of reality.  At times we allow the ugliness of the world to hold our mirror captive.  Too often we compare ourselves with others who don’t even like themselves.

What if you were to take the following bold move?  Lock the door to your bedroom and take all your clothes off in front of a full length mirror.  Take a moment to examine every part of your body and then be thankful for what you see.  I can almost feel some of you cringing at the thought, why is that?  Is it because we’ve allowed others to define what we should look like?  Whatever you see in that mirror is the best you’ve been able to do for now.  So why not accept it and be thankful for it.  All the self loathing in the world is not going to change what you see in that full length mirror.

Because of my line of work, I have all types of friends; among them are models and actors who are beautiful people in the eyes of many.  I happen to know they don’t like what they see in the mirror either.  To think these are some of the standards we look for when we look in the mirror.

Being thankful for who you are must be the first step in any type of authentic living. It’s so much easier to be thankful for things or for other people than it is for yourself.  Today I want you to be thankful for yourself.  You’ve been through a lot in your life.  Some of the stuff you’ve experienced, done or feel, no one knows except you.  The things you’ve survived, the people whose shadow disturb you are faint reminders of how strong you’ve had to be.

Take another look in the mirror and give thanksgiving a whole new meaning.  Celebrate your life by being thankful for having one.  Celebrate all that you’ve accomplished to be where you are today.  And if you want to change some things on the outside or the inside, do it when you are ready; not because you are pressured to do so.  In the mean time…it’s the week of thanksgiving, you have my permission to Celebrate YOU!

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